Sweater Talk

My passionate belief is that your clothes should make you look and feel as gorgeous as you truly are. (And that’s pretty gorgeous.) This topic is important, because clothing matters.

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It matters. A lot. Not because there’s a “right” thing to wear, or rigid rules you should follow for the rest of your (stifled) life. But because clothing changes the way you look to the rest of the world, and that change is something you can (and should) control. So that you appear how you want to appear.

Our wardrobes are far, far more than protection from the elements or something for the kids/cats to smear mayo/fur on. (Though let’s get real, both of those functions are important too.) They let us show the world who we really are. I’d like to help you understand how.

At the most basic level, Fit to Flatter is this: First, forget your size. Really, it’s useless. Next, consider these two truths:

  • Your body has an inherent shape that will persist throughout your life and any weight changes. It’s that shape which forms a visual impression to the rest of the world (not how you feel about your tum).
  • Clothing can change the way that shape looks, based on a few simple principles.

Getting clothing that makes you look and feel gorgeous is all about figuring out what shape you have, what impression you want to give, and then selecting clothing that transforms your appearance into the one you desire. Within your existing style and preferences.

It all comes down to this. If a piece of clothing doesn’t work for you? It’s the clothing’s fault, not your body’s.

Knit to Flatter is a guide for the hand knitter who wants to produce wardrobe staples. It’s a way to understand how sweaters change the appearance of your underlying shape. And it’s a way to use that understanding to (since we’re creating these things out of sticks & string) get sweaters that not only give the right visual impression, but fit us perfectly. It’s chock full of beautiful sweaters designed for all different body shapes, and crammed with modification ideas if something isn’t quite right for you. You’ll learn how to analyze your own shape and work all kinds of mods. It’s the very first step toward creating sweaters that work for you. Interested? It’s outand I can’t wait to see what you create.tutorials
I began my mission to ensure every knitter can make themselves flattering wardrobe staples by writing tutorials on the subject over the course of 2010. Those Fit to Flatter tutorials offered the first version of my systematic and comprehensive way of understanding your body’s base shape, and how clothing can modify that base shape if you want it to–all within the context of hand-knitted garments.That first version got refined based on the many classes I’ve taught, condensed and improved, and paired with designs showcasing the techniques in the book Knit to Flatter. As such, the tutorials are no longer here–if you’re interested, I hope to connect with you either over the book, in my Craftsy class, or in an in-person workshop!

But I’m still very interested in sharing little tidbits to help you achieve sweater nirvana. These mini-tutorials are chock full of photos, and each steps you through one small aspect of dressing to feel your best and creating sweaters you love to wear. More will appear regularly, so be sure to check back!

While we all need a written reference that we can pull off of the shelf time and time again, there’s really nothing like seeing something to believe it. If you’d like to take a workshop with me and get personalized analysis, please head over to the classes and events page to see when I’ll be in your area.For those of you a little more far-flung, or for anyone who wants a visual reminder of the workshop they’ve taken live, I have teamed up with the wonderful folks at Craftsy to offer a version of my Knit to Flatter class through their platform: Knit to Flatter on Craftsy! I hope to see you there!other

Fashion Fridays

Knitting is about more than the scrumptious yarn and the rich connection with our textile history. For me, knitting is about producing clothing. This blog series deconstructs some of my favorite outfits, explores how to successfully wear your hand knits, and tackles tough fashion topics. Here are the most recent Fashion Friday posts:
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And a list of all of the posts in this category by clicking here.